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Good news for optimists

“We know that we are prone to Luddite moaning, of course, but countering it is really difficult. One reason for this seems to be that optimism is taken to be a sign of stupidity, which is why Americans strike so many Brits as thick. Kierkegaard would not the be the intellectual hero he is today if instead of Fear and Trembling he’d written Joy and Smiling.”

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